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Origins Available: English, French

Boutin is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a maker of buttons. The surname Boutin is a metonymic name derived from the Old French word boton, which means button.


The surname Boutin was first found in Hampshire and later in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Lower says the family can be traced to the 13th century in Hampshire where Sir Walter de Button was progenitor of the family about 1216 A.D. The family had flourished for several centuries in that county, intermarrying with many distinguished families, supplementing their estates with marriages of the heiresses of the Furneaux, Bryan, Turbevilles, Bassets and others. William of Bitton I (d. 1264,) also listed as William Button was a medieval Bishop of Bath and Wells. His nephews included another William of Bitton (d. 1274,) was also Bishop of Bath and Wells; and William's brother, a Thomas of Bitton (d. 1307,) an archdeacon and dean of Wells, and later Bishop of Exeter (1291-1307).

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Boutin has appeared include Button, Bitton, Buttoner, Buton, Biton, Buttons, Boutin, Bouttin, Bouton, Boutton, Budden, Buddan, Boudin, Bouddin, Buttan, Buddon, Buddin, Butten, Buttin, Butting, Budding, Buttane and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boutin research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1713, 1355, 1355, 1584, 1655, 1614, 1629, 1665, 1625, 1648, 1680, 1624, 1679, 1659, 1679, 1620 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Boutin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Distinguished members of the family include Matthew Button who was executed in 1355; Sir William Button, 1st Baronet (1584-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1629, supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; John Button (died 1665), an English...

Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boutin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Boutin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Boutin arrived in North America very early:

Boutin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Boutin, who landed in Virginia in 1698

Boutin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Guillaume Boutin and his wife, who were residents of Fort Louis in Louisiana in 1706
  • Marie-Anne Boutin, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Anna Boutin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Paul Boutin, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763
  • Henry Boutin, who arrived in New York in 1798

Boutin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Boutin, aged 23, arrived in Quebec in 1656
  • Francoise Duverger Boutin, who landed in Montreal in 1659

  • Marvin R. Boutin, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, 1973
  • George Boutin, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Manchester 12th Ward, 1948
  • Ethel Angie Boutin (1903-1967), American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Benton, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Benton, 1956
  • Charles R. Boutin, American Republican politician, Mayor of Aberdeen, Maryland, 1994-98; Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 34; Elected 1998
  • Bernard Boutin, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Laconia, New Hampshire, 1955-59; Member of Democratic National Committee from New Hampshire, 1957
  • Paul Boutin (b. 1961), American journalist
  • Charles R. Boutin (b. 1942), Maryland State Delegate
  • Debra Boutin, Department of Mathematics, Hamilton College, New York
  • Dr. Stanley A Boutin, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta
  • Rollie Boutin (b. 1957), Canadian NHL ice hockey goaltender
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    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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    The Boutin Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Boutin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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